Thursday 20 December 2018 / 12:00 PM Jonathan Ashworth

NHS struggling as we head into a period of huge pressure – Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to the latest NHS winter weekly sit reps, said:

“These figures suggest an NHS struggling as we head into a period of huge pressure.

“Ambulance diverts are higher than last year and nearly all hospitals are operating at levels which are unsafe and dangerous.

“Years of austerity, cuts and chronic staff shortages are directly impacting on the frontline of the NHS and sadly patients are paying the price.

“This is simply unacceptable. Yet rather than leadership and grip from the Secretary of State we have a Government in civil war, the NHS long-term plan has been shelved and the ongoing Brexit shambles overwhelms ministers. Patients deserve better.”